Still Waiting for the Senate to Take on Corruption
One year ago this month, I joined with my colleagues to pass the For the People Act (H.R. 1), the most comprehensive package of anti-corruption reforms since Watergate. By bringing dark money into the light, empowering small donors in our elections and restoring ethics and accountability in Washington, the bill delivered on my campaign promise to fight the power of special interests and get Washington working again. Unfortunately, one year later, the bill is still stuck in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “legislative graveyard,” along with hundreds of other bipartisan bills the House has passed. It’s joined there by bills to tackle climate change, reduce gun violence, strengthen our economy, raise wages, end discrimination in voting, protect the integrity of our elections, and lower the high cost of prescription drugs…. If we’re going to make progress on issues like lowering prescription drug prices, we need to end the dominance of big money in politics, and that starts with the For the People Act. On the one-year anniversary of H.R. 1’s passage in the House, Senator McConnell should stop stonewalling and allow a vote on this critical legislation.